Probably not. There are many needless descriptions of cruel experiments on animals. The flimsy "story" is an excuse for the author to rant about animal rights, and she undermines her cause by stacking the deck in her favor. There isn't much plot and the characters are thinly drawn. The nararrator is annoying and comes off like a lecturer rather than a storyteller.
The author is kind of misleading. It starts off as a story about a troubled girl with family problems stemming from a missing sibling. None of the characters are very sympathetic and it was hard to care about anyone. The main character is abrasive and unreliable/deceptive. She makes a lot of academic references and name drops prominent scientists and researchers, so we know that she's supposed to be very very smart.
By the middle of the book the story falters and the book turns into a long lecture about experiments on animals. The details seemed gratuitous--she could have made her point citing a few cases, rather than going on and on. It seemed like a cheap shock tactic.
Please warn readers about the many graphic descriptions of animal cruelty. If I had known about that I wouldn't have bought the book.
The author had some interesting analysis of the Anthony's family's dysfunction & Casey's behavior.
Dr. Ablow fixates on the fact that George Anthony was in the delivery room, leering at Casey and making odd remarks while she was prepped for delivery. Shaving is standard prep for many medical procedures including childbirth, which Dr. Ablow should know, since he went to medical school. I'm not sure why he makes such a big deal about it. He seems to think George Anthony was transfixed by the sight. But it sounds more like the author is the one obsessed. Casey is clearly a chronic liar, but Ablow never considers she might be lying about her dad & brother sexually abusing her as a way of justifying her actions. Ablow isn't a bad writer, but his ego keeps getting in the way. And his constant harping on prurient details ruined the book for me.
Avoid buying Dr. Ablow's books in the future.
It concerns me that Ablow started writing sexually explicit detective stories, then began to write about female murder victims, first Lacey Peterson and now Caylee. He seems more interested in sensationalizing the case than giving psychological analysis. In some ways, Ablow is as unreliable and troubled as Casey Anthony.
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